Director of
Business Development

JONATHAN P. GILLIS

Director OF
FIELD OPERATIONS

michael lucas

Director of
Operations

nicole casello

CONTROLLER

AARON FORTIN

MARCEL D. SAFAR
ADVISORY Chairman

CHEVRON PARTNERS

JONATHAN P. GILLIS

Director of Business Development

With nearly 20 years of experience in the construction industry, Jonathan is responsible for managing and directing Lazare's luxury residential and commercial markets, as well as playing a key role as a member of the company's leadership team. Jonathan has managed a diverse portfolio of complex projects within the real estate and construction industry throughout his career and is now playing a key role in the development of Lazare Builders as the company continues to grow and evolve.

Louisiana State University College of Engineering, Bachelor of Science Construction Management

NICOLE CASELLO

Director of Operations

Nicole leverages nearly 25 years of industry experience to lead the growing operations team at Lazare Builders. Regionally recognized, she has a broad range of both design and construction project management expertise. She is a proven resource for balancing complex construction project issues; delivering on high quality and design intent while maintaining cost and schedule. She fosters and maintains strong relationships with owners, architects and subcontractors throughout the greater New England area. Nicole oversees all aspects of preconstruction, budget development and construction management of Lazare's projects.

Wentworth Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Architecture

MICHAEL LUCAS

Director of Field Operations

Mike brings over 30 years of construction industry experience to the Lazare team. As the General Superintendent for Lazare Builders, he oversees the entire field and safety operations for the business. Mike plays an integral role with the business development, estimating, and execution of all of Lazare's commercial and residential projects.

MA Unrestricted Construction Supervisors License, Mass HIC license, 
& OSHA 30 Certification

CHEVRON PARTNERS

Marcel D. Safar / Advisory Chairman

Marcel is a founding partner of Chevron Partners, Lazare Builders’ affiliate. Chevron Partners formed Lazare Builders as part of their belief that quality construction and materials is an essential component of real estate investment. While Marcel later became an attorney, Marcel grew up in the building trades with his father who is the quintessential tradesman that can “build absolutely anything”.

Marcel directed the full scale re-positioning of family real estate assets until forming Chevron Partners with longtime friends and colleagues from France. Previously, Marcel was a practicing attorney at the law firms of Sidley Austin LLP and Otterbourg, Steindler, Houston & Rosen P.C. in New York City, where he focused his practice on real estate finance. Marcel is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and New York and is a licensed construction supervisor in Massachusetts.

Cornell Law School, Doctor of Jurisprudence, Université de Paris | Panthéon-Sorbonne, Maitrise en Droit & Boston University, Bachelor of Arts

AARON FORTIN

Controller

After a few years in commercial banking, Aaron transitioned to the construction industry and has been working with large and small general contractors for 6 years. He has experience with a wide range of market sectors including: commercial, industrial, residential, casinos, and healthcare. His focus on transparency internally and externally helps to build strong, trusting relationships. He is responsible for overseeing all project and corporate accounting responsibilities. 

Bryant University, Bachelor of Accounting